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William Goyen (1915-1983): A Collection




William Goyen, Texas born novelist, poet, short story writer, playwright, esssaist, editor, and educator, is remembered and admired for the originality, richness, and lyricism of his work, which resists classification and often difficult because elliptical. Widely regarded as a ‘writer’s writer’, his work nonetheless enjoys considerable popularity. His papers are at Rice University. A collection of his work assembled by Reginald Gibbons is at the Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin.

This collection consists of 30 primary items and 7 secondary items, all in fine condition in dust jackets where called for. The primary items are all included in the first U.S. editions with U.K. editions where known. In the collection are 3 advance copies, eleven signed or inscribed copies and three review copies.

The price for the collection is $2800.




PRIMARY WORKS :

1. The house of breath. New York, Random House [c1950]. Backstrip time-darkened, wrappers and label spotted. Advance copy in plain blue wrappers, printed paper label on the front wrapper. Author's first book. Not in Wright. The published book is Wright A1a.

2. The house of breath. New York, Random House [1950]. Corners lightly bumped, wear at head and tail of the spine, in lightly chipped dust jacket with tears and stains along the bottom edge from mending tape. First edition. The first edition is found both with and without gray topstain. This copy has the gray topstain. Author's first book. Inscribed on the front free endpaper in New York, October 1950:. "For my good friend Cyrilly, whose support and solid friendship date from a long way back and continue through the accomplishment of this first book on, I sincerely hope, to fruitful years ahead in work and friendship. / My gratitude, / Bill”. Blurbs by Stephen Spender and Elizabeth Bowen. One of the Fifty Best Books on Texas. Wright A1a.

3. The house of breath. London, Chatto & Windus, 1951. Free endpapers darkened near the gutters, otherwise fine in lightly soiled dust jacket with a crease on the backstrip and with a few chips and short closed tears. First English edition. Author's first book. Wright A1c. Blurbs by Stephen Spender and Elizabeth Bowen.

4. The house of breath. [New York] Random House Bookworks [1975]. Corners bumped, otherwise fine in dust jacket with stains on the front and rear panel and rubbed along the top edge. 25th anniversary edition. Full-page inscription from the author to Vance [Bourjaily]:\,"Dear old friend Vance: / We meet again through the re-appearance of this one, my very first, as you remember. I think of you and wish you all good work; and send high hopes. / As ever, / Bill / New York / March, 1975 / William Goyen". One of 1,500 copies in cloth. Wright A1b.

5. Ghost and flesh, stories and tales. New York, Random House [c1952]. Near fine in price-clipped, lightly faded, chipped, and rubbed dust jacket. First edition. Wright A2a.

6. In a farther country. New York, Random House [1955]. Bookseller's label on the rear pastedown, nick at the top edge of three text leaves, otherwise fine in dust jacket chipped along the top edge. First edition (without 'First Printing' notice as described in the bibliography". Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For my friend Dr. Daniels, remembering a happy association. Best wishes. / Bill Goyen". Wright, A5a.

7. In a farther country. London, Peter Owen [1962]. Fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket. First English edition. Wright A5b.

8. The faces of blood kindred, a novella and ten stories. [New York] Random House [c1960]. Bookseller's label on the rear pastedown. Faintly faded at the top edge, else fine in lightly soiled dust jacket rubbed at the head and foot of the backstrip. First edition. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Peter and Elsa, with good wishes--William Goyen".

9. The fair sister, a novel. Garden City, Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1963. Fine very slightly darkened white dust jacket with small nick at the foot of the front panel. First edition. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Bill--laugh with me this time. Good hopes to you, dear, long-time friend / Billy / William Goyen / October 28, 1963". Review copy with review slip laid in. "R/10.31.63" inked on the upper corner of the verso of the front end paper. Wright A7a.

10. Savata, my fair sister. London, Peter Owen [c1963]. Upper corners bumped, otherwise fine in lightly soiled white dust jacket. First English edition. In the U.S. as The fair sister, a novel. Wright A7b.

11. A book of Jesus. Garden City, New York, Doubleday & Company, Inc. [c1973]. Fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket with a crease at the foot of the front panel. First edition. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Wright A11a.

12. Selected writings. Illustrated by Elizabeth Fairbanks. [New York] Random House, [Berkeley] Bookworks [c1974]. Fine in fine dust jacket. First edition. One of 1500 copies in cloth. Wright A12.

13. Selected writings. [New York] A Random House Bookworks Book [1974]. Fine in printed wrappers. First edition. One of 7500 copies wrappered. Signed by the author on the title-page. Wright A12.

14. Come, the restorer, a novel. Garden City, New York, Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1974. Front corners bumped, otherwise fine in lightly rubbed and creased dust jacket. First edition. Review copy with review slip laid in. Wright A13.

15. The collected stories. Garden City, New York, Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1975. Fine in dust jacket lightly chipped at the head of the backstrip. First edition. Review copy with review slip laid in. Wright A14.

16. Nine poems. New York, Albondocani Press, 1976. Fine in marbled paper wrappers, printed paper label on the front wrapper. First edition. One of 200 numbered copies for sale, signed. Wright A15.

17. While you were away, a talk delivered...at Houston Public Library April 24, 1978. [Houston, Houston Public Library, c1978]. Fine in printed wrappers. First edition. Cover-title. Wright A16.

18. Arthur Bond. [n.p.] Palaemon Press Limited [c1979]. Fine in marbled paper wrappers, printed paper label on the front wrapper. First edition. Of 230 copies, one of 200 numbered 1-200 for public sale, signed. Wright A17.

19. Arthur Bond. [n.p.] Palaemon Press Limited [c1979]. Fine in marbled paper wrappers, printed paper label on the front wrapper. First edition. Of 230 copies, no. xxvii of xxx copies for distribution by the author and publisher. Wright A17 (not distinguishing this issue).

20. Wonderful plant. [n.p.] Palaemon Press Limited [c1980]. Fine in clear plastic dust jacket. First edition. Of 160 copies, one of 100 numbered copies for public sale, signed. Wright A18.

21. Precious door. With wood engravings by John DePol. [n.p.] The Red Ozier Press [c1981]. Fine in quarter cloth and marbled paper boards. First edition. One of 115 numbered copies. Signed by the author and the artist. Wood engravings by John DePol. Wright A19.

22. New work and work in progress. [n.p.] for private distribution by Palaemon Press and Triquarterly [c1983]. Fine in very faintly faded gray-tan rough-textured cloth with printed paper label on the front cover. First edition. Of 200 copies, one of 160 unnumbered copies signed by Goyen and Reginald Gibbons, editor. Wright A20b.

23. Arcadio, a novel. New York, Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., Publishers [c1983]. Fine in printed wrappers. Uncorrected proof. Publisher's information sheet laid in. Wright A21 note.

24. Arcadio, a novel. New York, Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., Publishers [c1983]. Fine in fine dust jacket. First edition, first printing (with "1" in the number line). Review copy with review slip, publicity photos, advance reviews and publicity release laid in. Wright A21.

25. Arcadio, a novel. New York, E. P. Dutton, Inc. [1984]. Fine in printed wrappers. First Dutton Obelisk paperback edition.

26. Arcadio, a novel. [London] Serpent's Tail [1989]. Fine in printed wrappers. First Serpent's Tail edition. Blurbs by John Rechy, Joyce Carol Oates, Christopher Isherwood, Stephen Spender.

27. Had I a hundred mouths: new & selected stories 1947-1983. New York, Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., Publishers [c1985]. Fine in printed wrappers. Uncorrected proof. Introduction by Joyce Carol Oates. Wright A22 (the proof not mentioned).

28. Had I a hundred mouths: new & selected stories 1947-1983. New York, Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., Publishers [c1985]. Fine in fine dust jacket. First edition. Introduction by Joyce Carol Oates. Wright A22.

29. Half a look of Cain, a fantastical narrative. Evanston, Illinois, Triquarterly Books [1994]. Fine in fine dust jacket. First edition. Edited and with an afterword by Reginald Gibbons.

30. Selected letters from a writer's life. Edited and with an introduction by Robert Phillips. Afterword by Sir Stephen Spender. Austin, University of Texas Press [1995]. Fine in fine dust jacket. First edition.



SECONDARY WORKS:

31. Cossery, Albert. The lazy ones. Translated by William Goyen. [Norfolk] New Directions [1952]. Bumped and sunned at the head of the spine, slight shelf wear to the bottom edges, in lightly rubbed, soiled, and chipped dust jacket with a short tear. First edition. Printed in France. Wright A3 (Wright treats this translation as a work by Goyen).

33. Gossett, Louise Y. Violence in recent Southern fiction. Durham, N.C., Duke University Press, 1965. Fine in lightly chipped dust jacket. First edition. Includes a chapter "The voices of distance: William Goyen", p. 131-44.

34. Delta, no. 9, Novembre 1979. [Montpellier, Universite Paul Valery, 1979]. Fine in printed wrappers. William Goyen number. Includes an interview with Goyen, unpublished pieces, essays by a variety of commentators, and a bibliography. Wright / William Goyen, a descriptive bibliography C79.

35. Igo, John. Learning to see simply: an interview with William Goyen. Dallas, Southern Methodist University, 1980. Fine in stapled self-wrappers. Reprinted from Southwest Review, Summer, 1980, p. 267-284. Title taken from head of text. Stapled.

36. Phillips, Robert. The following are remarks...spoken at a memorial service for William Goyen in New York City on September 6, 1983. [New York, The Red Ozier Press, 1983]. Fine in wrappers. First edition. Printed for friends of William Goyen in October of 1983 by his friends at the Red Ozier Press in New York. Wood engraving by John DePol.

37. A Goyen companion: appreciations of a writer's writer. Edited by Brooke Horvath, Irving Malin, and Paul Ruffin. Austin, University of Texas Press [1997]. Fine in fine dust jacket with two short closed tears. First edition. Includes Madison Smartt Bell, James Merrill, Joyce Carol Oates, W. D. Snodgrass, and many others.



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